There are all kinds of jobs you can do to help your house function better. If you have a malfunctioning home system, or if you recently bought a new place and want it up and running quickly, there are things you can do without calling in a professional plumbing company. Learning some basic DIY plumbing repairs can get your place working properly again for a lot less money than the cost of an outside plumber coming to your home.
Here are some simple diy plumbing repairs that anyone who has some level of experience with tools should be able to accomplish.
How To Fix Clogged Drains
Clogs form in sinks and bathtubs because the wastewater never drains down the drain. Clogs also cause unpleasant odors because they trap debris and gunk in them. If you have a clog, there is no reason to call in the plumbers as this is an easy repair job you can do yourself. All you have to do is to follow a few simple steps
Before you go for any more complicated procedure, try pouring baking soda and vinegar into a clogged drain until there’s an overflow and then flushing it with boiling water. This will usually clear the drain if there is a minor clog. If that doesn’t work, it’s time to take more drastic measures by grabbing a plunger and plunging the drain until you feel resistance, which means the clog is cleared.
If this doesn’t work, check inside your plumbing trap under the sink, as this is where many clogs occur because people put things down the drain without fully realizing the consequences. If you see a clog there, you can try to remove it yourself by disassembling the trap and pulling out the clog. Just be sure to wear gloves for this and have a bucket nearby, so you can catch the dirty water as you pull out whatever is clogging the drain.
How To Fix Dripping Faucets
Fixing a leaking faucet usually means replacing a worn rubber washer. First, shut off the water underneath your sink, then remove the screw that holds on your faucet handle. This will allow you to pull it away from the faucet base and access where the parts are located inside. Depending on which type of tool you have available, either use a wrench to get a good grip around the stem and twist it out or insert a screwdriver into a small slot under one end of your handle cap and pry it up until you can reach in with your hands to finish dislodging it.
Once this is done, you can take apart all of the pieces and replace the worn washers Then, put it back together and turn the water supply on under your sink again to see if it’s working properly.
How To Fix Pipes That Make Noises
Sometimes when water is running through your piping, it will make sounds because of vibration. Usually, these noises are harmless and not serious, but sometimes the sound is loud enough to bother even the most patient person. This problem usually occurs because your pipes were not properly anchored when they were laid out during construction. The solution is easy: just go underneath any section where noise is being made and tighten all of the screws and bolts, so they are secure in place. It’s not unusual for these sounds to disappear after you do this simple fix.
Repairing your plumbing yourself may take more time, but it will always be cheaper than calling a plumber out, who charges by the hour — especially if they need parts that aren’t readily available. With these useful tips, you can now easily save yourself a bundle of money and enjoy peace of mind knowing that you successfully completed a job on your own.
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